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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Jul 25, 2012 12:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Dick's Picks 30

Dicks Picks 30 is a release I've always reliably neglected. The other one seems rather lack luster, and everything else I've listened to just hasnt grabbed me (which is odd seeing as I spend most of my time listening from 10-71 to 3-73).

Anyone know of any solid gems from this release or is it just all around not that great?

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jul 25, 2012 12:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dick's Picks 30

I absolutely love the Bo Diddley set from 3/25/72. I was totally blown away by those jams when Dick's Picks # 30 came out.

I only wish more of that set was included in the DP because as you point out, it's more compelling than much of the music from that show. I think this show was a Hell's Angels party? Must have been pretty fun being there.

In particular "Wow Wow Hey Hey" is really groovy and sublime jam. Sure wish more of this was included as the sound quality of the audience recordings is dismal...

http://archive.org/details/gd1972-03-25.aud.hanno.horner.22094.sbeok.shnf


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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jul 25, 2012 3:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dick's Picks 30

According to DB9 it was a Hell's Angels Party and Donna's first official appearance as a member of the band. Interesting set list as well..

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Poster: Brian Brock Date: Jan 30, 2013 11:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dick's Picks 30

Here are some observations on Dick's Picks 30. I've been listening to these Academy of Music shows and found this old thread. (By the way, I think it's a real shame that soundboard recordings of the March 22 show are only available on a "bonus" disc which currently sells used for about a hundred dollars, and not even the whole set 2, etc etc.)

March 25
The Bo Diddley stuff is interesting, but perhaps you had to be there (I guess he wore a hat), the music itself is pretty much the same thing over and over. A good thing, though. The jam is probably my favorite of that stuff. I would like to hear him with a swingier band.

I guess the version of How Sweet It Is has some historical significance. Donna Godchaux's first "official" appearance, for better or for worse.

march 28
great Cumberland Blues with Weir going nuts on chord melody while Garcia plays low notes. Weir pretty hot here - he also does great stuff on Big Railroad Blues.

China Cat - I Know You Rider transition is a bit forced, Weir maybe still figuring out the chord-melody transition line.

Playing in the Band great jam, Weir and Godchaux in particular. Godchaux does some really pretty little arpeggios toward the end (I think that's the spot, it might be the Playing from march 27).

Two Souls In Communion has a really nice solo from Garcia with a lot more room for the notes to sit in than I generally hear from him.

Sugar Magnolia big and great, Weir tries to end it one shout earlier than the rest of the band. Almost definitely a planned transition into The Other One, which still doesn't quite work, and the stiffness of the transition probably causes the trouble early in TOO.

The Other One gets lost almost immediately, sounds like Weir is trying to tune up during the first few minutes. Eventually gets going pretty well. Big Space stuff. Very nice peaceful jam around 12:00. Big spaced out weirdness (insect fear), huge return to the theme.

It Hurts Me Too is good solid Pigpen, some of my favorite singing from him.

Gigantic Not Fade Away > Goin Down the Road > NFA. I'm fond of some of Jerry's guitar playing right around the first transition.


Overall the March 28 show is about average for this run of shows, at least from what I have heard of the listenable recordings. I suspect they released this one because the mix is a bit better than the earlier nights. There's probably more historical value than musical, but then, often hearing the development of the band through history is what frames some of the best musical moments...

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Poster: scotch_glass Date: Jul 25, 2012 12:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dick's Picks 30

The entire first disc with Bo Didley hasn't left my car for years. I haven't listened to the rest in quite some time and don't have any notes on the show. The way I see it, the shows were just a tune up for an incredible couple months of music making.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 25, 2012 3:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dick's Picks 30

But Bo Diddley wore a hat!

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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Jul 25, 2012 5:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dick's Picks 30

Isn't this one of the first PITB's that stretches out a little further than previous versions? I love Garcia's scream at the end of IKYR, and isn't there a Smokestack Lightnin' on this release? Not the greatest in a year of greats but I seem to remember this other one sounding all right, I'll have to re-listen

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Poster: Pat Buzby Date: Jul 25, 2012 7:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dick's Picks 30

3/28/72 "Other One" is great. Also I believe the only time the song segued out of "Sugar Magnolia."